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Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star in this drama directed by Jon Avnet.The film follows the story of how Evelyn (Bates), a bored housewife, meets Ninny (Tandy), an old woman who tells stories about her home town of Whistle Stop.The stories centre around two women who ran a cafe, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and her friend Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), whose violent husband Frank disappeared.Evelyn finds inspiration in the stories and her outlook and life improve.
Based on: The novel by Fannie Flagg
Technical Specs: * Languages(s): English
* Interactive Menu
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 20 Grams
- Director : Jon Avnet
- Run time : 124 minutes
- Actors : Mary Stuart Masterson, Kathy Bates, Gaillard Sartain, Chris O'Donnell, Mary-Louise Parker
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (PCM Stereo)
- Studio : ITV Studios
- Producers : Jordan Kerner, Jon Avnet
- ASIN : B00KXZIRQG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 21,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The script is funny and poignant without being overly sentimental and the acting is fabulous with a predominately female cast and all characters giving good performances.
I have watched it lots of times and shared it with many female friends. A really good movie for women and I think even men would not be bored by it as it’s witty in places.
It begins with Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates), an unhappy housewife - trampled on by almost everyone she meets - going to visit her husband's aunt in a nursing home. We don't meet the aunt, but the impression given is that to call the aunt "cantankerous" is to put it mildly. And she doesn't like Evelyn. While waiting for her husband, Evelyn meets Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), who - over the course of several meetings - tells Evelyn the story of the hamlet of Whistle Stop, now a ghost-town, and the people who lived there.
The main story Ninny shares with Evelyn centres around tomboy Idgie Threadgoode (Mary Stuart Masterson), and Ruth Jamison (Mary Louise Parker), and their relationship and the complications that follow. Meanwhile, learning of Ruth and Idgie encourages the repressed Evelyn to take charge of her own life in ways that vary from the small, to the sublime, to the side-splittingly funny.
The performances are wonderfully strong, bringing each character to three-dimensional life. Jessica Tandy as Ninny is the kind of grandmother-figure we'd all want: spry, with a twinkle in her eye and a story to tell. Kathy Bates as Evelyn begins as a pitiable woman but - after passing through a wild phase, "Towanda!" (it'll make sense once you've seen the film!) - she grows into a more mature, stronger woman. Mary Stuart Masterson portrays Idgie as a free-spirit who grows into responsibility. Mary Louise Parker plays Ruth with quiet strength and dignity. And we can't forget Cicely Tyson's turn as Sipsey, the wry cook at the Whistle Stop Café.
At it's heart, this is a story about life, and about the small triumphs and tragedies that befall us. It's a story of friendship, and love, and family.
That may sound clichéd, but "Fried Green Tomatoes" is not a clichéd film. It's one of those rare films that manages to walk the fine line between drama and comedy, laughter and tears, and makes the audience connect with and feel for the characters without over-egging the pathos-pudding. It's a film that can make you cry watching a scene between Ruth and Idgie, only minutes before Evelyn does something in her bid for emancipation from boredom, and you're laughing again.
This film can be enjoyed by people all ages, whether male or female.
The film's rated PG, and there are dark themes consistent with the period of the 1920s-1930s, the setting of rural Alabama, and (sadly) with life in general, for example spousal abuse, racism, and death.
I'd give it 5-Stars, for a film that draws you into the entirely realistic world it creates, touches all emotions deeply, and refuses to be forgotten.